Our Garden to Table Programme is certainly progressing well with some fabulous cooking being done with the garden produce.  Our site for the Greenhouse is prepared and we are now just waiting for its arrival. A big thank you to the Grassroots Trust for the grant towards it’s purchase and Anikha for the application.


As many of you are aware there has been a review of bus routes by the Ministry and changes have been made to the route.
This not only affects some of our students but many students enrolled in Hauraki Plains College.  According to the Ministry it is not a change in policy but a change in implementing the policy.  An affected group of parents are hoping to make a change in that policy and are asking for support.  I have included a message and contact details below.  If you are unsure of how bus routes have changed please feel free to contact the school or Lisa at the number below.

From Lisa Wiggins

We need as many people as possible to voice their concerns to us. You can be a parent, Grandparent, friend, someone who drives our roads and are concerned for the safety of our children, anyone at all. The more letters we have to hand over to Scott Simpson the better chance we have of getting something done. Please don’t think it can’t be done. We have a chance to voice our concerns. Our kids WILL get killed on these roads. Safety is our priority!!!
Please get in touch if you would like us to write the letter on your behalf. Some may find it difficult to put their thoughts down on paper. Just call 07 8675547 ( Lisa )


31 MayBook Fair – This year the theme is space
4 JuneGrandparents Day
4 JuneBook Fair – Character Parade
7 JuneQueens Birthday – School closed
14JuneTeacher only day – School closed
24 JuneMarae Visit
9 JulyLast Day Term 2



Te ika itiVienna for beautiful illustrations and story writing.
PatikiArya for great thinking in maths.
Te WhekeSophia for stepping up and helping out in the classroom, with ICT in particular.
MangōpareAaron for showing great listening and kitchen skills in Garden to Table.
 Ariana and Te Tahi both for showing responsibility, dedication and resilience when completing their services job.



THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING!  31 May to 4 June

Check out the link below for Book Fair events

Bookfair notice for the newletter 2021 – Copy



“This week in Garden to Table Mangōpare had a solo session where they made a vegetable risotto, crispy kale chips, and caramel pear cake. Due to weather, gardeners had an indoor vege seed identification and sketching challenge. Here they saw similarities of seeds which belonged to the same vegetable families.”


GTT recipe – Vegetable Risotto


Matariki this year is the 2-10 July.  Check out the poster in the link below for information on the 9 stars of Matariki.



I am trying to find a copy of the reunion book for the 1977 celebration.  If someone has one that they don’t mind me photocopying I would really appreciate it.  Thanks Maree


We have a lot of overdue library books.  Can these please be returned to the library asap. Any book unreturned after a period of time will be charged to the person who it was issued to at the replacement cost.  So look in the car, under the bed, down the back of the couch and bring those books back to school.



Just a heads up for all you pie lovers. The PTA are hoping to run this fundraiser in June, so you can stock up for winter.


Kia ora koutou

We hope you have had a good start to term two

The purpose of this email is to let you know about our new term two reading challenge, and also our overdue fines amnesty.

We have three levels of reading challenge available this year – children, teen and adult. Challenge cards are available at all our branches. Our new term two reading challenge for children is ready now, with children needing to complete five of the eight challenges and return their challenge card to the library by Friday 9 July to enter the prize draw.  Our teen and adult reading challenges are ongoing, with everyone who completes all the challenges being entered in a prize draw at the end of the year. We hope that these challenges are useful to encourage a positive reading culture in our communities.

We are also pleased to let you know about the amnesty we are having on overdue fines. We understand these fines can act as a barrier to people using our libraries, so until 30 June 2021 we will be waiving all overdue fines. Any library user who thinks they may have overdue fines should visit the library, or contact us on 0800 734 834 (ask for the library) and ask for their fines to be cleared.  The amnesty is being funded by the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme as part of COVID recovery. We would appreciate it if you would share this with your school whanau.

Our Ngatea library hours are: Monday to Friday – 8:30am-4:30pm

Our Paeroa library hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, Wednesday 9:30am-5:30pm and Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm

We look forward to welcoming your school staff, students and their families to our libraries.Tracee Jones
Kaitiaki Pukapuka Matua – Hononga Hapori
Senior Librarian – Community Engagement
Hauraki District Council